Canada in the Second World War

People

Witnesses to History

During the Second World War, these Canadians fought in Sicily, in Italy, in Normandy, during the campaign of North East Europe or elsewhere. Some lost their lives fighting, while others made it back home where they raised a family and took part in forging Canada today. Sometimes told by their children or grandchildren, their personal histories act as a complement to official history told here.

Adrien Boivin

Identity Adrien BOIVIN (Joseph Marcellin Adrien) Born March 30, 1923 in Kenogami, Quebec Son of Marcellin Boivin and Marie-Jeanne Tremblay Married to Lucille Bilodeau from Quebec Father of Catherine and Louise Known Norman origins Paternal: Pierre Boivin, son of Pierre...

Continue reading

Albert Wilson Kennedy

Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Albert Wilson Kennedy (Al Kennedy) was born on July 31, 1923, in Greenock Scotland. Al moved with his family to Canada, at the age of 9 months. His family settled in Mimico, Ontario. Al Kennedy...

Continue reading

Cyril Crain

SURNAME:  CRAIN GIVEN NAME:  Cyril Walter NATIONALITY:  British DATE OF BIRTH:  June 11, 1923 PLACE OF BIRTH:  Nottingham, England RANK:  Signalman UNIT:  19 Beach Signal Section, Combined Operations Command BEFORE THE WAR: Cyril Walter Crain was born on June 11,...

Continue reading

DAVID WEBSTER GOODWIN

DAVID WEBSTER GOODWIN FLYING OFFICER – PILOT R.C.A.F. – J/25874 David was born on February 7, 1920, in Grand Prairie, Alberta. He was the son of James Cameron Goodwin and Jessie Ann (née: Webster). The family moved to Kaleden, British...

Continue reading

Dorothy Irene Mulholland

Surname: MULHOLLAND Given name: Dorothy Irene Nationality: Canadian Date of Birth: January 5, 1915 Place of Birth: Grimsby, Ontario, Canada Rank: Nursing Sister, F/O Corps:.No. 2 Mobile Field Unit BEFORE THE WAR Dorothy Irene Mulholland was born on January 5, 1915,...

Continue reading

Frank Battershill

Frank Battershill was born on June 26, 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba On June 6, 1944, Frank Battershill was a lieutenant commanding N°7 Platoon, “A” Company, Royal Winnipeg Rifles who landed on the extreme right (western) flank of Courseulles. His platoon...

Continue reading

George Lynch-Staunton

George Lynch-Staunton was born on June 1, 1923 in Pincher Creek, Alberta. George died on December 15th 2014. Between April 1939 and October 1941, George Lynch-Staunton belonged to the 15th Alberta Light Horse. Between October 1941 and July 1946, he joined...

Continue reading

Georges Isabelle

Identity Georges ISABELLE (Georges-Marie) Born August 9, 1922 at Cap-Chat, Quebec Died on April 23, 2013 Son of Samuel Isabelle and Marie Lavoie Married to Marie-Paule Breton on September 2, 1946 (Deceased October 19, 2003) – Companion of Chantal Soucy...

Continue reading

Jack Hadley

John (Jack) Hadley joined the Queen’s Own Rifles (QOR) in June 1940, along with his brother, George. Jack and George trained with the QOR in Newfoundland, Camp Sussex, New Brunswick, Scotland, and England before both landed in the first wave...

Continue reading

Jim Bardsley

Harry Bardsley was born on 18th June 1918, at St Catharines (Ontario) Canada, the youngest of seven children. From his earliest years, he draws and paints but without any parental encouragement. He was educated at the St Catharines Collegiate Institute....

Continue reading

Louis-Philippe Leblanc

Louis-Philippe Leblanc was born on September 26, 1917, in Ville St Laurent, Québec. He deceased on December 16, 2002. Louis-Philippe LeBlanc volunteered for the Canadian army in 1942. He was assigned to the Royal 22nd Regiment and then transferred to...

Continue reading

Pierre Dubuc

Identity Pierre DUBUC (Pierre Hector) Born October 6, 1924 in Val-des-Bois, Quebec (deceased on September 19, 2017) Son of Paul Dubuc and Cordélia David Married to Annette Grenier on July 23, 1951 Father of Ginette, Pierrette and Lorraine Known Norman...

Continue reading

Romuald Ouellet

Romuald OUELLET was born August 18, 1920 in Rivière-du-Loup. He was deceased May 23, 2012 Son of Apollinaire Ouellet and Marie-Louise D’Amour-dit-Courberon Married to Thérèse Dionne on September 16, 1950 (deceased May 31, 2000) Father of André, Jean, Pierre and Manon...

Continue reading

Stanley Humphreys

We love it when Canadians share their stories of remembrance with us. Recently, one son told us of his father’s story, Stanley Humphreys.  Both Stanley Humphreys and Ken Robinson (pictured above) landed on Juno Beach.  Stanley landed on Juno Beach...

Continue reading

Wilfred Gordon Harris

Gord, as he was known, was born in Caledon, Ontario, on August 12, 1920. He was the son of William Henry Harris and Bertha (née: Moynes). He had two brothers, Wilson and Jim; and three sisters, Hilda, Betty and Dorothy. Gord’s mother died in 1938 at the age of 46 years, when the youngest child, Dorothy, was three years of age.

Continue reading